When you think of real estate, what do you think of? Buying a home, building a home, or realtors are what most people think of when the term real estate crosses their minds. Real estate is also a great way to invest your money and can be very profitable if you go about it carefully and wisely. However, just like any other business there are sneaky secrets and tips that you should consider before embarking on a real estate investment. Buying real estate to rent or buying real estate to fix up and resell are two of the most common ways to make money investing. However, there are a few things to keep in mind before you take the leap and hand over the cash!
The first thing that you have to do is to take action. Don’t sit around thinking about real estate investing, jump out there and do it! There are thousands of people that kick themselves daily for not trying something new. Yes, it is a risk, but think of the rewards that could be yours if you do great! Next time you think about buying and investing in real estate, keep in mind that you are letting the money sift through your fingers each minute that you think instead of act! The truth is that there will never be a perfect time to do anything. And that is just as true with regards to real estate as for anything else. Do not be a fence sitter! And look back in three years time wondering on what might have been ‘If Only’ you had developed a property portfolio. Of course I am not saying to be rash! Try to Invest wisely (obviously ) but don’t be so cautious that you can never bring yourself to pull the trigger and actually take action.
Secondly, keep your expectations realistic and detailed. Saying that you “want to get rich” is not reason enough to take the jump into the real estate market. Choosing to invest in real estate to bring in extra money for a specific purpose is a good place to start. It may be a while before you are able to quit the day job and buy yachts and vacation homes. Let’s be honest. It may never happen. It could in fact cost you the shirt on your back. By their very nature investments can go down in price as well as up. So picking the right investment property is a must. However, you will achieve more by focusing on what you actually WANT, rather then what you don’t want. So stay positive. Read some books on real estate. Visit some estate agents or real estate brokers and then lay out a list of attainable goals for you to achieve over a year’s time and every three months or so go over your list to see how you are doing.
Some of the benefits to real estate investing are being your own boss, cash flow, appreciation of property, and more! You are your own boss if you invest in real estate. However, whilst that has many upsides, remember that it is down to you to be motivated to develop the properties you buy, and that ultimately you will have to provide for yourself. There is no safety net when it comes to your property portfolio. The upside is ALL yours. But so is the downside. So be careful!
When you get to the point where it is a full time job for you, then you can take a vacation when you want, wear what you want, and go and play golf when you want. But the only place that money and success comes before work is in a dictionary! So get busy working before you spend all your days daydreaming about spending your gains!
Cash flow is another great benefit of real estate investing, because when you rent out a property it will provide you with a rental income. Hopefully, you will have a positive cash flow instead of a negative cash flow (ie the incoming cash flow is greater then the costs like repairs, mortgages etc) and be able to do all of the things that you have wanted to do. Another great benefit is that when you invest in property that property values usually rise (over time this is generally the case…but remember you can also potentially lose EVERYTHING…So stay awake to that possibility and be cautious.
Real estate investing can give you a great return on your investment if you choose wisely. But, be careful that you go into it with your eyes open. Are you going to have rental properties? Office properties? Are you going to fix up houses and resell them? Will you buy those properties using buy to let mortgages, or finance it from money you already have? Whichever method of real estate investing that you choose, if you are wise, then you will make lots of money for you and your family. Make a plan TODAY to reach your goals and go for it! You will be glad you did!